November’s TMAS Box

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After reading In November, or another fall favorite book with your child, discuss some of its main ideas before introducing your TMAS box.

  1. The change in the weather.
  2. How animals prepare for winter.
  3. The sights and sounds of fall.
  4. How families gather to express their love for each other and
    thankfulness to God for His protection, provision and love.
  5. The role of food in the traditions of Thanksgiving.

Choose 3-5 items to place in your Tell Me a Story Box that will allow your child to craft a simple story.   Remember that the items are merely prompts for a story; a child may add whatever additional details they want to their story. Too many physical prompts will overwhelm a child and lead to a confusing story as children tend to want to use all of the prompts in one story.

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Add items to your TMAS Box that have a fall fragrance.

Some possible prompts for this month’s TMAS box based on In November by Cynthia Rylant:

  • Fall leaves and twigs
  • Berries
  • Small bird
  • Small mouse
  • Orange rind (smell)
  • Cinnamon stick (smell)
  • Pine cone (smell)

Your young “storyteller” chooses 1-3 items from the box and tells his story using the selected prompts to help move the story along.

We suggest that the TMAS Box simply “appear” on the dinner table.   Children know that after dinner, it’s family story time!   Some families make a special game of unlocking their family story boxes to reveal the surprises that are inside. How every you choose to celebrate creating family stories, remember to make it a special event.   Children should be excited when the spot the family TMAS Box.  Remember that the goal is for young children to learn to tell simple, imaginative stories. There are no rules.   Moms and Dads, you must take turns as well – but keep stories simple, so that your little ones feel that their stories are equal to your efforts.   Have fun, laugh together, create family memories around a box, a great children’s book, and a few story prompts. You may want to use a minute timer for those who create the story “that never ends”, or the child who needs to be rescued by a timer.   You know your children – just create a safe environment for storytelling…no TV, no cell phones, no computers – just family members and your TMAS box (and maybe some popcorn)!  ENJOY!

Here is a .pdf file of TMAS Word Prompts to get you started!

LINK to TMAS Podcast,
in case you missed it, or don’t know what a TMAS box is all about.

Deni Corbett